"Prejudice is prejudging any question without having sufficiently examined it, and adhering to our opinion upon it through ignorance, malice or perversity, in spite of every evidence to the contrary."
"During the Kamakura period, Zen received its warmest reception among the warrior class -- the samurai. According to a popular saying of the time: 'Tendai is for the imperial court, Shingon for the nobility, Zen is for the warrior class, and Pure Land for the masses.'"
Heinrich Dumoulin, Zen Buddhism: A History (Japan), p. 31
"What most people call conscience is one-fifth fear of others, one-fifth fear of gods and idols, one-fifth prejudice, one-fifth vanity, and one-fifth habit."
-- Arthur Schophenhauer, On the Basis of Morality, § 13 (my very loose translation).
"Most great men owe their salvation to the fact that their strength exists in a watertight compartment to which their weaknesses have no access."
From Ernest Newman's 1934 biograpy of Franz Liszt
"If I cross the street with a woman, I am an adulterer; if I cross it with a man, I am a homosexual; if I cross it by myself am addicted to masturbation." -- Karl Kraus
"All history is but a seamless web; and he who endeavors to tell but a piece of it must feel that his first sentence tears the fabric."
'The fundamental rule of political analysis from the point of psychology is, follow the sacredness, and around it is a ring of motivated ignorance.'
“We are not going to have fire and brimstone and sex workers raining down from the sky.”
- "I ceased in the year 1764 to believe that one can convince one's opponents with arguments printed in books. It is not to do that, therefore, that I have taken up my pen, but merely so as to annoy them, and to bestow strength and courage on those on our own side, and to make it known to the others that they have not convinced us."
- "Nothing can contribute more to peace of soul than the lack of any opinion whatever."
- "He traveled through Northeim to Einbeck and from there through Mlle P. to Hanover."
- "With my pen in hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed."
- "Proposal: in a cold winter why not burn books?"
- "Truth will find a publisher at any time, complaisance usually only for a year. That is why when you write you should always do so with courage and candor."
- "I forget most of what I read, just as I do most of what I have eaten, but I know that both contribute no less to the conservation of my mind and my body on that account."
- "It is almost impossible to bear the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard."
- "Not only did he not believe in ghosts, he wasn't even afraid of them.""We have the often thoughtless respect accorded ancient laws, ancient usages, and ancient religion to thank for all the evil in the world."
- "The world offers us correction more often than consolation."
- "Since this life is no more than an evanescent point of time, I find it incomprehensible that the state of unending bliss and glory does not begin at once."
- "There are people with so little courage to assert anything that they dare not say there is a cold wind blowing, however much they may feel it, unless they have first heard that other people have said it."
“I have just now come from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away - yes, the dash should be as long as the radius of the earth’s orbit ————————— and wanted to shoot myself.”
— Soren Kierkegaard (Journal Entry for March, 1836).
Via This isn't Happiness, of course.